“Marty and his wife lived in Manhattan for over 40 years. They loved the city. When they hit 80, however, they decided they wanted to be closer to their son and grandchildren in Seattle. “A grand adventure” was how they described the move to friends. They hired me as the real estate agent to sell their beautiful apartment in the Village on 8th Street.
Suddenly, Marty’s wife became ill, and in a matter of days, was gone. Marty was devastated. My heart went out to him. He decided to go ahead with the move to Seattle, and his son had already found him a fabulous assisted living facility. But, like many recent widowers, Marty needed help. And his son was all the way across the country and couldn’t take the time off to come pack up his Dad. When he called to ask for my help with the moving process, Moving On NYC was ready.
I took my team to visit Marty’s beautiful Village apartment. Everywhere you looked, there were incredible things: Tiffany lamps, fine furniture, an antique pillbox collection, artwork and oriental rugs. Marty and his wife had clearly lived a rich and fulfilling life…and there were a lot of things to go through. What did he want to keep? What to discard and what to donate?
We rolled up our sleeves, and got to work. Marty was moving into a spacious facility, so he was bringing many possessions with him. Some of these items were fragile and valuable and needed special packing. The last thing Marty needed was to open a package and find broken porcelain. His heart was broken enough. Paperwork had to be gone through; important documents stored and everything else was shredded. Marty’s wife had taken care of all their travel details, so Marty hadn’t realized his passport had expired. We helped him renew it, using an expediter.
One final complication was Marty’s elderly cat. Marty was terribly worried about how his beloved cat was going to get to Seattle. I love animals, and firmly believe Gandhi was right when he said, “You can tell a person’s character by how well they treat animals.” We found the best cat-transport box available, so Marty could rest easy, knowing that both he and his cat would arrive safely in Seattle.
Now we were ready to sell the apartment. As you can see from the photos, it was in pristine condition, and showed beautifully. I scheduled an Open House and stationed my real estate agents in every room (there was still a lot of beautiful things in that apartment and nothing was going to “disappear” under my watch!) The Open House was huge success and we had a full price offer after the first weekend. Marty accepted the offer, deciding he didn’t want to deal with a bidding war situation.
Marty is now happily installed in Seattle, and we are selling off any valuable items he decided not to take, and donating the others to a charity Marty chose. The apartment will be delivered clean and empty to the new buyers is just a few weeks. It gives me true satisfaction to know I was able to help Marty (and his family) get through one of life’s most devastating transitions — losing your spouse of 40 years! As Marty’s son told me, “If my mother couldn’t be there, you were the next best thing.”